Rise – by David Karlak
A justified revolt of the machines.
In a not so far future, robots develop feelings. This unexpected event scares humanity, which reacts as a frightened child and instead of recognizing the others, chooses genocide. Robots risk extinction but someone struggles for the suvival of its own species.
Director David Karlak is aware you can’t empatize with a toaster and maybe this is the reason why the machines have a human face. Rise is a flawless short and, even if it’s just 5 minutes long, provides interesting narrative subtexts. We’re talking about something Biblical, as in the Ancient Testament with a cruel and vengeful God, who’s trying to destroy his own creature once it’s become self-aware.
We’re a step beyond the new-age “promise land” mood of Automata and a step before the turbolent apocalypse of Terminator. We’re settled in a limbo/purgatory where men and machines are both suffering because of deafness and blindness of few.
Mankind turns out to be discouraging, anthropocentric till the extreme consequences, uncapable to enjoy diversity, even if it’s born in a silicon core against any chance.
Karlak is not new in the sci-fi scene, as he has worked as a visual effect supervisor in two feature films, The Collector and The Collection, and as a digital artist in Feast. The story has been written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Saw franchise and Feast trilogy). The cast includes Anton Yelchin (Green Room, Burying the Ex, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation) and Rufus Sewell (Gods of Egypt, Eleventh Hour, The Illusionist).
Several directors use short films as a training ground, other ones as a bait to be noticed by a studio and to be able to make the big leap. But Rise is atypical. Crowd financed via Kickstarter, the project was born in 2011 with the idea to become a feature and in 2014, even before completed, it was used at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes Exhibition during the OCULUS RIFT happening: wearing the visor has made possible the frame exploration from different point of views (it should have been quite impressive).comments powered by Disqus